Biker. Bartender. Tattooed. “Rough around the edges.” It’s hard to imagine how the same man can also be called a humanitarian, philanthropist, NGO founder, and hero. That exactly what makes Dickson Beattie "Doc" Hendley extraordinary. He doesn’t have an illustrious educational background. A C-student is how he’d describe himself - an average guy who happens to care so much for others that he literally risked his life to get results. He founded “Wine to Water” after a stint in Darfur at the height of the genocide. His 501 (c)(3) non-profit aid organization has helped thousands of people in 13 different countries. Yes, he’s a CNN Hero.
Ludwick Marishane has no qualms admitting that, ever since he was young, he’s been searching for ways to be an agent of change. He may be best known as the man behind “DryBath,” the first cosmetic of its kind that works for the rich and otherwise. Odorless and biodegradable, it allows people to bathe without using water - you just apply it to your skin and you’re good to go. But, before he reached 17 years old, he had already invented a healthy cigarette, a mobile dictionary, and nearly published a nationwide security magazine.
James Beshara has always believed in the power of doing things together, and this is evidenced by his two most popular creations – dvelo.org and crowdtilt.com. And if you think these sites are similar to fundraiser sites such as eventbrite.org and paypal.com, the main difference is this: instead of a single person charging everyone to achieve a common goal, crowdtilt.com enables everyone to pool their resources to achieve the goal, no matter how big or small it may be.
At age seventeen, Brittany Wenger has already made her mark in history by developing a computer application that helps diagnose breast cancer, thus giving patients a remarkable chance to treat it before it gets worse. As put by one popular publication, Brittany literally ‘taught’ the computer how to diagnose diseases.
Heart disease is among the most pressing issues in the medical world today - not just because of its effect on the human body, but also because of the vastness of its scope on the human population. Like any other disease, heart conditions do not choose who to attack – whether you are rich or poor, you could become infected.
Alexander McLean has so much compassion for the suffering inmates of Africa that he has dedicated much of his life to caring for them and personally making sure their needs are met. In 2004, when he was only 18 years old, he founded the “African Prisoners Project,” or APP, after witnessing a shackled inmate in a hospital lying in his own waste. The suffering was already more than enough; depriving people of their basic right to life was something from which he just couldn’t look away.
It is very difficult for someone who has suffered sexual abuse and exploitation to stand up and move on with her life, and even more difficult to openly share her experiences for the sake of public awareness. But for Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, this is no issue. Having endured the devastating experience of being trafficked during her teenage years, Withelma did not allow her circumstances to prevent her from speaking out so other girls may be spared from the same horrible fate.
Nuclear energy is one of the most efficient energy sources in the world today; a single plant can provide electricity to more than ten times as many households as conventional coal-fired and oil plants. It is not without setbacks, however, and while nuclear energy has great potential to solve the energy crisis, it also presents huge risks due to its potentially-disastrous effects on human life and the environment.
Who says science is boring and unattractive? Meet Danielle Fong, a young Canadian scientist who proves that passion for science deserves much more credit than it receives. Danielle has become a fine demonstrator of how cool science can be, and the power it holds in bringing change to the world.
William Kamkwamba was only 14 years old when he built a windmill from scratch; he refused to be limited by poverty. When he was forced out of school due to the famine that hit Malawi, William continued to study on his own. Not only did he study, he looked for solutions. Now, William is the author of the book “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” and part of an organization called “Moving Windmills.”